Now that Summer is approaching we have been starting to spend more time outside. I’m thinking about getting our garden ready to host family and friends for barbecues. Although the garden has lots of fun play spaces for the kids, some areas are still in need of a bit of TLC.

I have been using the new Outspiration app from AkzoNobel to help me plan some improvements to the garden.

The new AzkoNobel Outspiration app on iPhone 5s

The app has the following features:

Visualiser: Unique software that allows you to visualise the colour of your furniture or walls, so you can try colours before you even lift a brush. This allows you to take a picture of the area that you want to make over, such as your fence or shed and then really easily visualise the finished result. I experimented with a few colours before settling on the Forget-Me-Not blue shade from the Cuprinol range that we bought in the end.

Weather: Weather forecasts personalised to your area to help you plan your project around the ideal weather conditions. We had been planning to paint over the Easter weekend but unfortunately the weather was not on our side. Luckily the Outspiration app was there to help us adjust our plans accordingly.


Help and Advice: Every month you can see the newest trends and inspirational how-to tips, so it’s worth checking back regularly to see what new ideas you can find.


Projects: View the Outspiration gallery of other users’ outdoor decoration projects and ‘Outspire’ others by uploading your own projects;

Promotions: You can find regular competitions and discounts in the Outspiration app.

To celebrate the launch of the app AkzoNobel is giving away a beautiful barbecue and a personal hamper worth £100 to help you get outdoors and begin your Outspiration journey. All you need to do is download the app and enter your details in the WIN section of the app. The competition is running from 28th April for 2 weeks, so make sure you don’t miss it!

After using the Outspiration app to plan our garden improvements, we decided to make over our shed by adding a splash of colour. We went for a paint from the Culprinol Garden Shades range, in Forget-Me-Not blue.


Our shed was really looking the worse for wear. It’s an old and tired shed which has been here since we bought the house.


Now with it’s new colour thanks to Culprinol and the Outspiration app, it looks so much more vibrant and really cheers up the garden.


What do you think? Blue wood reminds me of the seaside. It’s quite a bold colour but I think we made a good choice with it.

I am really looking forward to entertaining in the garden throughout the summer! Are you feeling ‘outspired’ to get out in your garden and get making some improvements?

Share your plans with me in the comments, or come over and share some pictures of your garden make over on the In The Playroom Facebook page

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